- Struggled a lot when he started his career as a TV actor.
- Made his movie debut in Aha Naapellanta (1985).
- Bagged his first role as a lead actor in Joker Mama Super Alludu (1992), but the movie bombed at the box office.
- Won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award (Telugu) for his role in the movie Manmadhudu (2002).
- Made it into the Guiness Book of World Records in 2007 for acting in 754 Telugu films in a 20-year career.
- Received a Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, in 2009 for his contribution to Indian cinema.
- Bagged the Hyderabad Times Best Actor in a Comic Role Film Award for Dookudu (2011).